Unusual Ghost Opera: Benjamin Britten’s “Turn of the Screw” Feb 2-5 in Boston

The children are innocent, unless they’re corrupt.
The governess is independent. The governess is trapped.
There’s a ghost. Maybe.
The only thing certain about Britten’s chamber masterpiece is its haunting beauty.
As for the rest, what do you think happened?

The Turn of the Screw in Boston at the Cutler Majestic Theatre

The Turn of the Screw in Boston at the Cutler Majestic Theatre

It is a little bit spooky, and yet musically complete. It is a classic story, perfect for a horror film, as etherial and beautiful as opera, which it is in fact.

We recommend watching the video montage above which does a fine job of introducing you to the opera’s basic story and its many scary and unsettling pleasures.

More About the Opera

A governess battles to defend two children from possession by evil spirits in a lonely manor house, but are the ghosts real or a product of her own fevered imagination? In this New England Conservatory production of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, based on the chilling psychological drama by Henry James, the only thing certain is the chamber masterpiece’s haunting beauty.

In honor of Benjamin Britten’s centennial, the New Englad Conservatory’s Opera Department presents Britten’s hauntingly beautiful chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, with a libretto by Myfawny Piper based on the novel by Henry James. This fully staged production will take place February 2-5 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre on Tremont Street, Boston, and will be conducted by Douglas Kinney Frost, directed by Joshua Major, and with scenic design by Cameron Anderson.

Discounted tickets, too

If you make the trip to Boston, we can help with the gas money by saving on tickets which are just $10 plus a service charge. That’s half of the usual $20 cost which is a pretty good bargain for opera to begin with. You can access these savings through our affiliate, Goldstar. All you need to do is Click me and enter your email address to connect with their offers.

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